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Fatal Ind. 56 collision still under investigation
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Monday, November 05, 2012 2:37 PM

Shawn Horstman, 39, Rising Sun, remains in stable condition at University Hospital, Cincinnati, and may be discharged later this week, said a hospital spokesperson.

Horstman survived a head-on collision Wednesday, Oct. 31, which killed another driver, Billy L. Wainscott, 78, Ohio County, said Aurora Police Officer Shane Slack, a criminal scene investigator.

Horstman was driving west on Ind. 56 parallel to about the midpoint of the walking trail in Aurora's Lesko Park when his 2000 Nissan Frontier went left of center for an undetermined reason, said Slack.

The Nissan struck a 1988 Ford Ranger Wainscott was driving east, toward Aurora, opposite 254 Decatur St., at about 12:30 p.m.

Wainscott was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dearborn County Coroner's office, said an Aurora Police Department press release. Horstman sustained broken ribs, punctured lungs and leg injuries, said Slack.

After being extricated from his vehicle by Aurora and Lawrenceburg fire departments, Horstman was taken by Aurora Emergency Rescue to Dearborn County Hospital, said the release. He was transferred by AirCare to University Hospital.

Wainscott was wearing a seatbelt, said Slack. Horstman was not wearing a seatbelt when rescuers arrived, but told them he had taken it off.

Ind. 56 was closed until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, with traffic detoured to Laughery Creek Road and U.S. 50.

The crash remains under investigation, and Aurora Police are being assisted by an Indiana State Police crash reconstructionist.